Linda's Story

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Linda Ruth West, 75, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died on Aug. 3, 2017 at Munson Medical Center following a brief an illness. Linda was born on March 7, 1942 in Springfield, Tennessee.
Linda graduated from Springfield High School. Following high school she served in the U.S. Air Force. She later went on to earn a degree from Northwestern Michigan College.
On Valentine's Day 1968 she married the love of her life, the late Stephen Matthew West, of Santa Barbara, California. In 1971 they visited Northern Michigan and fell in love with it. They returned in 1973 to settle in the area and raise a family.
Linda enjoyed a career of working with people, including working for many years as a medical billing specialist. She retired from the local Area Agency on Aging.
Linda had a warm, caring personality and her greatest joys were her husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends. She loved to tell stories of her life experiences and share her wise ways of the world.
She attended Saint Francis Church in Traverse City and lived her life walking hand in hand with our Lord.
Linda is survived by two children, Ruth Ann (Jason) Sheets and Richard (Monica) West; and five grandchildren, Tyler Williams, Allison Sheets, Nora West, Ilene West and Rachel Boynton. She is also survived by three sisters, Helen Faye (Don) Harp, Deborah Jane and Cammie Joyce (Wayne) Griswold; one brother, William George (Paula) Gregory; and many other very special cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 48 years, Stephen West; two brothers, William R. Gregory Jr.; William Hurley Gregory; three sisters, Mary Magdalen, Vista Marie and Engola Sue Morris; and a special furry friend, Tula.
A memorial service for Linda and Stephen will be held on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at 3 p.m., with visitation beginning at 2 p.m., at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Deacon Rene Hoenscheid will officiate.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy are encouraged to direct contributions to the Goodwill Inn, 2943 Keystone Road North, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Linda with her family by way of her online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
"Walk with me Father until my journey is through, then by your grace bring me home to you."
Published on August 13, 2017
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